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Sadly, even the most noble and innocuous scientific discoveries and principles are often turned to war.
When reading [calum's] posting about breeding earworms to
progessively supplant previous annoying earworms [link] I
if different cultures with varying language and musical
would be susceptible to different styles of earworms. If so, it may
be possible to develop earworms
which are majorly disruptive and
annoying to one nationality but would be seen only as mere
irritations to another population.
Using [calum's] premise as a starting point, it becomes easy to
envisage secret government programs attempting to 'breed up'
earworms which could cause distraction, chaos and anxiety
an enemy population whilst leaving the home population
unscathed. This would be an obvious advantage over biological
which can all too easily spread back across battle lines and
borders into one's
own soldiers and civilian population.
Enemy soldiers subjected to this weapon would arrive at the
battlefront already tired, bleary-eyed and unsure of their orders
because when they were being briefed all they could hear in their
head was that thrice-damned polka waltz. Their generals and
officers would become extra tetchy, making junior officers that
more reticent to pass on bad news. Enemy operators who rely
upon their ability to quietly concentrate - such as technicians,
tacticians and especially sonar operators - would be particularly
At the end of the war these weapons, unlike landmines,
radioactives, chemicals and biologicals, would just fade away as
enemy populace gradually becomes incorporated into the victor's
culture which itself would have moved on. The only visible
might be aged veterans on the subway subconsciously humming to
themselves and, perhaps, twitching.
The peaceful inspiration for my idea.
[AusCan531, Jul 06 2012]
(??) A better vector
[oscil8, Jul 07 2012]
Not quite the same as it doesn't differentiate between enemy and home populations. [AusCan531, Jul 08 2012]
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||Edit: can't link using this but it's SCP-609.
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